The summer months are upon us and with an increase in beach bonfires, summer BBQs, and Sunday Fundays in the sun, drunk driving accidents in the San Fernando Valley are also on the rise. These types of auto accidents are unavoidable and often tragic, as the recent accident involving CSUN college students indicates.
Northridge drunk driving accident leaves one teen dead
This past weekend in Northridge, a driver thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, killed a young woman when he crashed into her car in the early hours of the morning. The 19 year old girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime, perhaps from the impact of the other car hitting her driver’s side door. A total of five people were initially said to be injured in the accident, some critically. A witness stated that he saw police officers picking up beer cans at the scene shortly after the collision. Obtaining the names of potential witnesses to a car accident is always a wise idea. For more information on what to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident, click here.
Sadly, this fatal drunk driving accidents was one of several suspected DUI crashes in the San Fernando Valley over the Father’s Day weekend. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that you believe or suspect was caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in the San Fernando Valley to discuss your legal rights. Often, these negligent drivers are under the influence of both drugs and alcohol: almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
Is there help for drunk driving accident victims?
Yes, there is help for drunk driving accident victims in the San Fernando Valley. An experienced personal injury attorney may help you to recover financial damages, including compensatory damages and punitive damages, for the injuries you suffered.
For more information on how to bring a lawsuit against a drunk driver that injured you or a loved one, contact the auto accident legal team and San Fernando Valley attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.